Special election to decide who fills vacancy

Clint Owlett has been nominated to represent the Republican Party in a special election to determine who will fill out the remainder of the term for the vacant 68th state House seat.

His opponent in the special election is Carrie Heath, the lone Democratic candidate for the seat.

On Saturday, Owlett was selected from among three candidates vying for the nomination, according to Tioga County Republican Committee Chairman Donald Hoffman.

The process involved conferees from Tioga, Bradford and Potter counties listening to candidates speak and voting for nominees. Conferees are nominated party members from Tioga, Bradford and Potter counties.

The 68th Legislative seat became vacant earlier this year with the resignation of Matt Baker.

Hoffman noted that the special election will be held on the same day as the primary election — May 15.

Owlett and Heath will run in the primary.

“There are two different elections that day,” Hoffman said. “The special election for the balance of Baker’s term is open only to Owlett and the Democrat.”

Owlett will appear on the Republican ballot in the primary along with Dennis Weaver and Mark Hamilton. Heath is the Democratic candidate.

Melissa Bravo, a registered Republican, is running as a write-in candidate for the House seat.

Tioga County Committee Chairwoman Margaret Darby said the special election coming on the day of the primary is certainly an unusual situation.

“I’ve never seen it in my lifetime,” she said.